A famous life and legacy is made accessible to all in this brilliant historical recount.
Ancient Egypt…a land of pharaohs, treasure and lavish burial tombs. The son of Amenhotep and Kiya - one of the pharaoh’s senior wives, one King was to become more famous than all the others, his name…Tutankhamun. His rule and life may have only lasted a small number of years but the discovery of a hidden burial tomb full of riches more than three thousand years after his death has ensured that the story of the boy who would be King has been etched into the history books for all of time…
Vividly retold and sumptuously illustrated, the story of one of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs is brought to life in these fabulous pages. Using the information surrounding the life of Tutankhamun and the thrilling discovery of a treasure-filled burial tomb - his final resting place, Sally Morgan weaves the facts into a dramatic non-fiction narrative. Thoroughly immersing readers into this most interesting period of history are James Weston Lewis’ fabulous illustrations that bring pharaohs, tombs and treasures to life.
Spanning thousands of years, readers are initially taken back in time to 3100 BCE when the kingdom of Ancient Egypt was a rich and prosperous land ruled by Kings known as pharaohs, then onto to the birth of Tutankhamun in 1341 BCE and finally to Howard Carter’s discovery of the famous burial tomb in 1922. Short paragraphs of information tell children everything they need to know and cover all of the key information; the troubled reign of Amenhotep ,Tutankhamun’s short life, his burial, the digs of Howard Carter, the finding of the tomb and of course, the treasures that lay inside.
Some lovely additional extras at the end include a portrait gallery of key characters with accompanying notes and a further look at some of the treasures and artefacts that Egyptologist Howard Carter and his team removed from the tomb. Should you wish to see these items for yourself then they can be found at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, ‘where they can be seen in all their glittering glory.’
Like Tutankhamun’s burial tomb, this is a treasure-trove of delights and I enjoyed reading it almost as much as Carter and Lord Carnarvon enjoyed finding their own piece of history.
Recommended for 7+.